Catering for Phone Addicts. Stupid

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Catering for Phone Addicts. Stupid


We've decided to cater for phone addicts

(By trialling new technology)

For those who move zombie-like, strolling

Not a care or a thought 'bout safety


Whenever they come to the traffic lights

We can't expect them to raise eyes

Look up and decide when it's safe to

Cross over, not meet their demise


So we're burying traffic lights in the pavement

No need to look up, raise their eyes

To the traffic lights placed there to help them

But keep looking down texting 'Hi's'




The technology's not cheap, it's expensive

Surely education is a better type of spend?

Than encouraging bad behaviour of addicts

To me, society's not on the mend


Don Matthews July 2019


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Jason Bayliss

Tue 9th Jul 2019 09:49

If you haven't already heard of them Don check out the, "Darwin Awards." YouTube or Google good for this.

Oh bugger it.....

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Don Matthews

Tue 9th Jul 2019 09:08


This is an interesting comment which I took as clever black humour:

'let natural selection sort it out'

Natural selection will knock out (by running them over) all the stupid phone-look-downers leaving the sensible look-upperers (like us). Natural selection at work. A variation of 'survival of the fittest'?.....

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Don Matthews

Tue 9th Jul 2019 08:59


I can write jokey
Cos jokey is fun
Also dead serious
Of which this is one.....

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 8th Jul 2019 22:43

I'm reminded of a poem called "Stupidity Street" in an old anthology.
If it were to be written today, these devices and their disciples would
surely feature!

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 8th Jul 2019 15:23

Ok, I will admit I didn't see the news report and actually, now I've seen it and realise that they're actually talking about kids, I take back the comment about natural selection. Kids are kids, not yet fully formed and educated adults, so that was a bit harsh.
But seriously, are we getting to the stage as a species where we have to put traffic lights on the ground to stop people being run over because they can't tear their eyes away from a screen as they walk?
I fear for our future, I really do.


<Deleted User> (22247)

Mon 8th Jul 2019 15:14

So biased! Shame!
Though phone's not named,
An addiction still,
Is an ill.

: D

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Laura Taylor

Mon 8th Jul 2019 09:55

Wow. Well, I thought this was a jokey type of a poem until I saw the news item! Deary me.

I honestly don't know why there aren't more people with broken noses tbh - I'd be over in a second if I walked along looking at my phone like that!

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 8th Jul 2019 09:14

I genuinely cannot believe my eyes, I absolutely despair of this madness. Remove the pavement lights, tell that it's dangerous to try and cross the road without looking and only a complete idiot would do it, then let natural selection sort it out.


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